the WTREX group among the oak woodlands their work is helping to protect. Photo Credit: Kelly Martin

Topic: Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire Type: Meeting / Event

The Women-in-Fire TREX Comes to Trinity County

Authors: Michelle Medley-Daniel

Hayfork, California welcomed Prescribed Fire Training Exchange (TREX) participants to town last week, and waved goodbye through a curtain of rain yesterday.

Burning to restore oak woodlands in and around the Hayfork Valley, participants also found time to join the town homecoming parade and, most importantly, share their stories and experiences with one another.

In Hayfork, restoring oak woodland health is the focus of many prescribed burns. Photo Credit: Lenya Quinn Davidson

In Hayfork, restoring oak woodland health is the focus of many prescribed burns. Photo Credit: Lenya Quinn Davidson

This is the fourth annual Nor Cal TREX, but this year the event has a unique focus on women in fire management and is being called the Women-in-Fire TREX (WTREX). Participants are diverse, representing four countries and 12 states, as well as a wide range of experiences, backgrounds and professional affiliations. The event has an emphasis on female leadership and mentorship; however, both men and women are participating (six and 38, respectively).

An acorn woodpecker granary tree in a burn unit. Photo Credit: Lenya Quinn Davidson.

An acorn woodpecker granary tree in a burn unit. Photo Credit: Lenya Quinn Davidson

The WTREX is being hosted by the Northern California Prescribed Fire Council, the Fire Learning Network and a number of other local and national partners, and it is supported by Promoting Ecosystem Resiliency through Collaboration: Landscapes, Learning and Restoration, a cooperative agreement between The Nature Conservancy, USDA Forest Service and agencies of the Department of the Interior.

Yesterday the group headed east—out of the rain—to burn with BLM near Redding. The WTREX will be in Northern California until Friday. For more pictures and updates visit the TREX Facebook page and the Northern California Prescribed Fire Council Facebook page.

Among the WTREX participants is the FAC Net’s Emily Troisi. Stay tuned to this blog where she’ll share her perspective on the training in a couple of weeks!